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Red Sox Option Fossum to Triple-A

July 28, 2003

BOSTON (AP) _ Boston Red Sox left-hander Casey Fossum, the longtime subject of trade talks, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday to get more work.

Utilityman Lou Collier was called up to take Fossum’s place on Boston’s roster.

Fossum was discussed as part of a potential deal for Montreal’s Bartolo Colon over the offseason, but the Red Sox refused to include him with third baseman Shea Hillenbrand. The Expos traded Colon to the Chicago White Sox and Hillenbrand was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Byung-Hyun Kim. Fossum has recently been mentioned in a possible trade for Toronto pitcher Kelvim Escobar.

Fossum made Boston’s rotation out of spring training, but he spent more than a month on the disabled list with tendinitis and has pitched out of the bullpen since being activated July 17. He pitched one perfect inning in relief and was the winner in Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees, improving his record to 5-4 and his ERA to 5.56.

He will start the first game of Pawtucket’s doubleheader against Ottawa on Tuesday.

Collier is batting .293 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs for Pawtucket this season, playing mostly in the outfield but also at shortstop and first base. He had three hits in the International League All-Star game.

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